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Everyman Theatre sets record with 'Book of Joseph,' announces summer cabaret show

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The final performance is not until June 10, but Karen Hartman’s “The Book of Joseph” is already Everyman Theatre’s highest-grossing production. The previous record-holder for the company was August Wilson’s “Fences” in 2015 .

“The Book of Joseph,” receiving its East Coast premiere, was inspired by the true story of former Baltimore journalist Richard Hollander.

In 1986, after the death of his parents, Hollander discovered letters and other documents revealing details of his father’s troubled immigration in 1939 to America from Poland, where relatives waited too long to leave and perished in the Holocaust. Issues of secrets, family and responsibility propel the play.

In other Everyman Theatre news, the two impressive stars of the last year’s premiere of the revised Michael John LaChiusa/Ellen Fitzhugh musical “Los Otros” will return in July for “Broadway Favorites: A Summer Cabaret.”

Judy McLane and Philip Hernandez will, the company says, combine “fun and adored show tunes” in their weekend performances July 13-15 and July 20-22 in Everyman Theatre’s rehearsal hall.

McLane’s career includes chalking up more than 4,000 performances in the Broadway production of “Mamma Mia,” playing two of the leading roles. Hernandez’s credits include becoming the only actor to portray both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables” on Broadway.

Tickets to the cabaret are $40. Call 410-752-2208, or go to

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